Feb 262013

The last couple of months have been challenging around here!  We are getting our house ready to sell and are in the process of “decluttering”.  Part of that involves moving my crafts to a little teeny tiny cabin for a few months.  Since most of my crafting goodies will not fit in the small space I have there,  a lot of my supplies are boxed up for long term storage.  Some of the stuff is already at the cabin and some still remains here in my craft room.  But I loved this FTL Sketch so much and the other two CAS challenges looked like fun.  So I stole away for a bit and created this card.

The challenges are:

The Clean & Simple Stamping FTL229 sketch challenge.

Less is More Week 108 Challenge to do some paper piercing on your creation.

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC91 to add silver to your CAS project.

I have been so occupied with the house that I hadn’t checked the mailbox in almost two weeks.  I’m so glad I finally did.  Look what treasure was waiting there from my granddaughter, Kate!

It’s really a darling design with the heart slightly angled.  She even stamped on the inside.. a totally “pro” thing to do!

She’s already old enough to sign her name!?!  How is that possible?

Okay.. I’m back to the packing grind.  Those boxes won’t fill themselves!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Impression Obsession “Birds on Music”; Savvy Stamps “Birthday Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Lavender Lace and Almost Amethyst; Copic Multiliner Fine 0.1 Marker

Accessories: Silver Cord; Paper Piercer; Eclipse Masking Tape; Long Classic Rectangle Nestabilities Die

 

Pat Adam is such a sweetie!  She has been collecting Valentine’s cards for her “Cards 4 Kids” drive.  Here is what I created for it.

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Isn’t this little elephant adorable!  He is “Dr. Pea-Nut” from Our Craft Lounge.

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blog150partialinsidecard1withwm.JPGI love this little bucket of peanuts, too.  It is stamped on the inside of the card with a sentiment.

   

   

   

     

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And check this doggie out.  He is also from Our Craft Lounge and is part of the “Pat the Dog” set.  Too cute!

Both clear stamp sets come on a sturdy plastic panel that has the images shown and beautifully colored.  Thank goodness for that!  It was a tremendous help to me as I continue to practice with Copics.

It seems like I am always just under the wire.  I had planned on making several more, but life has taken a chunk out of my stamping time lately.  Since Pat needs all of the cards by the 7th, these need to get in the mail TODAY!!

Details for the Karen Lockhart “Peapod of Hearts” card can be seen here.

Oh and one more thing I want to share today…  In December I visited my DS and DDIL.  Shortly after I got home this beautiful card arrived from them.  I love the way the front flower is offset from the back red flower to give a shadow effect.

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We were all hoping that little Katelyn would arrive while I was there.  Well she didn’t, but at least I was able to help with some cleaning that needed to be done before they could move into their new home.  It actually worked out great as I will now be flying there again at the end of the month for another visit.  Plus I got this wonderful card!

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Life is good.

The party has gotten so big over at Sharon’s blog that today “Stamp Simply Celebrates” is spilling right over onto mine!!  With Christmas almost here and lots of mailing to do, I think that Gift Cards are one of the best ways to send a little love to family and friends.  Well every gift card needs a holder, and there is a template and a whole gallery for inspiration that uses that template over on Splitcoaststampers (SCS).  That’s because it was SCS’s Sketch Challenge #101.  So your challenge is to make a gift card holder.  Now if you have a different design that you like or want to try, no worries.  Go for it!

Splitcoaststampers SC101 Gallery

Template/Instructions

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Now I have some really USEFUL Blog Candy that I hope any and everyone can use.  Nope… it’s NOT stamps.

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Yup!!  It’s a gift card!  LOL  I will send the winner their choice of the two gift card holders above WITH their choice of either of the two gift cards shown!!  The first card for Target has a $20 value.  The second card for Starbucks also has a $20 value.  I’m not a coffee drinker, but I can tell you their hot chocolate can’t be beat!!  To enter just leave a comment ON THIS POST.  If you play in my challenge, please come back here and leave me a link to your creation!  I REALLY want to see them all as I LOVE these little things.  Oh and as a fun twist… if you do play and leave me a link here… you will automatically have a second entry for my Blog Candy!!  Woohoo!!  I will use random.org on Friday, December 12th at midnight PST to pick the winner!

For some wonderful inspiration I have some sample makers!!  Check out their beautiful creations:

Janine2BKrafty

JenniferThe Buck Stamps Here

DarleneDar’s Crafty Creations

AJThe Willow Garden

A couple of Christmases ago my DDIL Kimberly and I stamped our hearts out making these fun holders.  Here are some that she made.

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Here is a peek into the Dirty Dozen Fan Club gallery over on SCS from August of last year.  (I had such fun with these.  They are scratch ‘n sniff… chocolate and apple scented!)

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And here are some others that I have made for wedding or new baby gifts.

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(Click on picture to enlarge.)

smileypartyhat1ani.gifRemember:  Anyone can play ANY of the challenges by ANY of the hostesses during the 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates!!!   You DO NOT need to have a Blog to playuploading your project to SCS (Splitcoaststampers.com) is not only permissible, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.  When doing so, use the KEYWORD SSC08.

Have a wonderful Sunday!  Hope you can play along in my challenge!!!  These holders are so quick, so easy and SO FUN!!

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Recipe for my Christmas Gift Card Holders:

Stamps: SU! ‘Winter Post’

Papers: SU! Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, ‘Holiday Treasures’ DSP

Inks: SU! Chocolate Chip Classic and Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, Old Olive Markers

Accessories: Metal Photo Corners and Brads, Designer Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Cuttlebug, Die Cut ‘Vintage’, Gift Wrap Ribbons, Kaiser Rhinestones

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I love playing along with Beate’s Inspiration Challenges. This week the inspiration piece is this beautiful bed linen.

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Here is the card I made for it.

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The coverlet inspired me to use an embossing plate from Spellbinders that I bought several months ago and still had not used. I colored in the leaves on the main image using a blender pen and reinkers. See those tiny little Raindots on the flower centers? Aren’t they cute! The sentiment is from Flourishes “Many Sentiments” set.

And I also wanted to share this wonderful Mother’s Day card that my DS and DDIL, Kimberly, made and sent to me.

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I just love the way she stamped the sentiment in the corner where the designer paper has been torn away. And isn’t the sparkle on the bodice such a sweet and perfect little detail. I love this card!

Inspiration Card:
Stamps: SU! “Artfully Asian”, Fourishes “Many Sentiments”
Papers: PTI White, SU! True Thyme and Going Gray
Inks: True Thyme Classic and Reinkers in True Thyme and Going Gray
Accessories: Spellbinders Embossing Plate, Cuttlebug, SU! Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Raindots, Primas, Blender Pen

Mother’s Day Card:
Stamps: SU! “Blooming With Happiness”

A winner:

Random.Org has chosen comment #22 – Sandyh50 to receive one of my SAB sets!!

Sandy I have emailed you. Let me know which set you would like and your address. I’ll get it in the mail to you asap!!

A surprise:

I’ve decided to go ahead and give 2 sets away!! Number 2 on the Random.Org list is comment #82 – Kathy Hering!! Kathy as soon as Sandy lets me know which set she wants, I will email you with what is still available for you to choose from.

Congrats ladies!! Hope you have fun with your stamps.

A card:

Last month I received this darling card from my DDIL. Well it was from my son, too, but Kimberly made it. Isn’t it just the cutest!

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She wanted me to be sure and mention that she got her inspiration from this adorable card by BeccaP on Splitcoaststampers. Kimberly has not been stamping long. I think she is just so talented. I plan to show off some more of her cards in the future. :)

The stamp set used here is called “Unfrogettable” from Stampin’ Up!.

One of my favorite blogs and stampers in the whole world is Sharon Johnson (notimetostamp). Every Friday Sharon has a “Stamp Simply” challenge on her blog. This week she has challenged us to use paper piercing. Well I have NEVER paper pierced before so decided to take some baby steps and give it a try.

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Can you see it! lol The flower made from the scallop punch is something I saw over on Beate Johns’ blog. Beate posted a scrapbook page that her friend Cheryl Simmons had done. I thought it was so cute and clever.

Stamps: Sentiment from Rubber Soul

Paper: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Textured Scalloped Card Stock from DCWV

Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder, Rhinestone Brad, Paper Piercer, Gingham Ribbon (Making Memories), Punches: Scalloped, Flower, Word Window

Oh and one last thing. I wanted to mention about my new signature over there on the sidebar under my picture. Fun stuff! You can have one too. It’s free and you can check it out over at My Live Signature.

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